The death trip near the Berlin Memorial Church triggers horror the day after. The sadness and sympathy from all over Germany were enormous. After Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Berlin’s Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (both SPD) also spoke on Thursday morning. The police investigations made it clear “that it was a case of an amok attack by a severely mentally impaired person. It tightened up last night,” Giffey said on RBB Inforadio.
With the help of an interpreter, an attempt is made to “find out more from the sometimes confused statements that he makes”. Giffey spoke of a “dark day in the history of Berlin”. She was “deeply affected by this terrible event”. She thanked the emergency services for their work on site.
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Scholz had tweeted on Wednesday evening: “The cruel amok attack on Tauentzienstrasse affects me deeply.” It also said: “The trip of a Hessian school class to Berlin ends in a nightmare. We think of the families of the dead and the injured, including many children. I wish you all a speedy recovery.”
The Berlin Senate Department for the Interior quoted Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD) on Twitter in the evening as saying: “I’m back in my situation center: According to the latest information, today’s events are taking place at the
She expressed her condolences to the bereaved and relatives and announced a mourning flag in Berlin for Thursday.
On Wednesday evening, numerous people commemorated the killed teacher and the injured in the Memorial Church. Federal Minister for Family Affairs Lisa Paus (Greens), Franziska Giffey and Senator for Education Astrid-Sabine Busse (SPD) as well as emergency services from the fire brigade and police were on site. Citizens also expressed their sympathy during the prayer.
The Federal Government, Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier were dismayed by what had happened. “My thoughts are with the seriously and very seriously injured, with the fatality,” said Steinmeier. “And they are with those who had to experience terrible things. My deepest sympathy goes to you, all your relatives and survivors.” Mayor Giffey promised support to those affected.
The government was “very affected and shaken,” said deputy government spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann. Thoughts and sympathy are with the injured and their families.
A spokesman for Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) also expressed sympathy for those affected. “Above all, we hope that the seriously injured and injured will recover,” he said. Investigations and clarification were under high pressure, but it was too early to talk about the background.
The Hessian state government was deeply dismayed. “This shocking news from Berlin leaves me stunned and deeply affected. My thoughts are with the victims, who were full of joy on a class trip in the capital,” said Prime Minister Boris Rhein (CDU). Emergency care teams were sent to Bad Arolsen to help relatives, classmates and teachers.
The emergency plans for the coordinated deployment of all rescue workers and the psychosocial care of the victims “worked in an exemplary manner” on Wednesday, said Giffey. What was implemented after the Islamist terrorist attack in 2016 “was developed as an emergency and action plan”.
The district mayor of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Kirsten Bauch (Greens), expressed her condolences to the relatives of the fatality and wished the injured a speedy recovery. “We have to do everything we can to prevent such serious accidents in the future,” said Bauch, although it is still unclear how this happened.